• Excerpts from recent South Dakota editorials

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Editors: Please note that The Associated Press welcomes editorial contributions from members for the weekly Editorial Roundup. Three editorials are selected every week. Contributions can be made by email at apsiouxfalls@ap.org. ___ Rapid City Journal, Rapid City, July 23, 2015...

  • Collector asks judge to declare him owner of Elvis' guitar

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A collector claiming to be the rightful owner of a guitar played by Elvis Presley and later donated by a blues guitarist to a South Dakota museum has asked a federal judge to rule in his favor. The request for summary judgment from collector Larry Moss filed...

  • Las Vegas airport sees 3.9 million passengers in June

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Airport officials in Las Vegas say 3.9 million people flew in and out of the destination in June, a 5.8 percent increase compared to a year ago. McCarran International Airport released statistics Friday that show traffic is up 3.8 percent in the first half of the...

  • Victims, gunman identified in Louisiana movie theater shooting

    Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    LAFAYETTE, La. — The movie theater gunman who stood up about 20 minutes into the showing of "Trainwreck" and began firing into the crowd, killing two people, was described as a drifter from Alabama whose escape plan was thwarted by police officers who arrived almost immediately,...

  • Croatia battles wildfires at height of tourist season

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    PONIKVE, Croatia (AP) — Hundreds of Croatian firefighters struggled Friday to contain raging wildfires on the Adriatic coast and islands at the height of tourist season. Two huge fires have swept through the Peljesac peninsula this week, forcing evacuation of villages and destroying...

  • Downtown Vicksburg hotel closes for 7-month renovation

    Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Vicksburg marketers are scrambling to find new lodging for convention guests after the city's only downtown hotel closed abruptly for renovations. The Vicksburg Post reports (http://bit.ly/1Ihdry7 ) the Portofino Hotel will be closed for seven months. Annette...

  • Nepal trekking agencies doubt Annapurna safety report

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Nepal association of trekking agencies is criticizing an assessment report that found trails around Mount Annapurna safe for hikers following April's devastating earthquake. Kit Miyamoto of the California-based engineering firm Miyamoto International said on...

  • GOP-controlled Senate panel votes to lift Cuba travel ban

    Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A GOP-controlled Senate panel has voted to lift a decades-long ban on travel to Cuba, giving a boost to President Barack Obama's moves to ease travel restrictions and open up relations with the Castro-governed nation. The Senate Appropriations Committee also voted to...

  • Amtrak testing retractable platform at station in Ann Arbor

    Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The Amtrak station in Ann Arbor is testing a retractable platform designed to make it easier and faster for people with wheelchairs, strollers or luggage get on and off trains. Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, state Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein and...

  • Boeing family, company donate $30M to Seattle museum

    Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) — The Boeing Company and the Boeing family are each contributing $15 million to Seattle's Museum of Flight to significantly expand the museum's education programs. The $30 million donation will enable the museum to double the number of students who participate in its...

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